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Empirical Management Conference 2019

December 12-13, 2019

World Bank Group Headquarters

  • Can management practices push development forward? How does better management improve social service delivery policies and incentivize private sector growth?  Academics and practitioners from all over the globe will present their empirical research on management and organizational practices in both the private and the social sector.

    This two-day conference is sponsored by the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group and Human Development Practice Group Chief Economist offices at the World Bank, in collaboration with Cornell University, Harvard University, the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.

  • Day 1 - December 12, 2019

        9:30 - 10:00 am Learning Management Through Matching: a field experiment using mechanism design

        10:00 - 10:30 am Learning to Grow from Peers: Experimental Evidence from Small Retailers in Indonesia

        10:30 - 11:00 am The Impact of Financial Education of Managers on Medium and Large Enterprises – A Randomized Controlled Trial in Mozambique

    • Daniel Metzger, Rotterdam School of Management (presentation)
        11:00 - 11:30 am BREAK
        11:30 am - 12:00 pm Physician Performance Pay: Experimental Evidence

        12:00 - 12:30 pm Mission, Financial Rewards, and Performance of Public Sector Personnel

    • Muhammad Yasir Khan, University of California, Berkeley (presentation)

        12:30 - 1:00 pm Managers and Productivity in the Public Sector

    • Alessandra Fenizia, George Washington University (presentation)

        1:00 - 2:30 pm LUNCH and KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    • Rafaella Sadun, Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit, Harvard Business School (presentation)

        2:30 - 3:00 pm The Costs of Workplace Favoritism: Evidence from Promotions in Chinese High Schools

        3:00 - 3:30 pm Management Practices in Croatia: Drivers and Consequences for Firm Performance

        3:30 - 4:00 pm Do Workers Discriminate Against Female Bosses?

        4:00 - 4:30 pm BREAK

        4:30 - 5:00 pm The Capacity to Be Aggressive: Structured Management and Profit Shifting Practices in the Firm

        5:00 - 5:30 pm Coordination and Organization Design: Theory and Micro-Evidence

        6:00 pm RECEPTION

    Day 2 - December 13, 2019

        8:30 - 9:00 am Migration and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Effect of Returning Refugees on Export Performance in the Former Yugoslavia

        9:00 - 9:30 am Trust and Innovation with the Firm: Evidence from Matched CEO-Firm Data

        9:30 - 10:00 am Sales Managers, Poaching and Network Transmission in International Markets

    • Bérengère Patault, Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) (presentation)

        10:00 - 10:30 am BREAK

        10:30 - 11:00 am Not All Management Training is Created Equal: Evidence from the Training Within Industry Program

    • Michela Giorcelli, University of California, Los Angeles (presentation)

        11:00 - 11:30 am Women's Promotions and Bargaining Power in the Household. Evidence from Bangladesh's Garment Sector

        11:30 am - 12:00 pm Low-Cost Management Training Program in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector

        12:00 - 1:30 pm LUNCH and KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    • Nicholas Bloom, William Eberle Professor of Economics, Stanford University (presentation)
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    Raffaella Sadun

    Professor of Business Administration

    Raffaella Sadun is a Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Sadun's research focuses on the economics of productivity, management and organizational change. Her research documents the economic and cultural determinants of managerial choices, as well as their implications for organizational performance in both the private and public sector (including healthcare and education). She is among the founders of the World Management Survey ( and the Executive Time Use Study ( Professor Sadun's work has appeared in leading peer reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Economic Journal, and has been featured in the business press, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research and Research Associate in the Ariadne Labs Program in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2012 Professor Sadun was nominated as a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. She was the winner of the McKinsey Award for the best article in the Harvard Business Review in 2018.


    Nicholas Bloom

    William Eberle Professor of Economics

    Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and a Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of awards including an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the European Investment Bank prize, the Frisch Medal, the Kauffman Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from UCL. On the personal side he is English, living with his Scottish wife and American kids on Stanford campus, in a multi-lingual English household.

  • Empirical Management Conference Day 1

    Empirical Management Conference Day 2


  • DATE: December 12-13, 2019
  • TIME: 9:00 am EST
  • LOCATION: World Bank, MC C2-350, 1818 H ST NW, Washington, D.C.